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Holly Danger at Ignite Stamford August 15th

07.30.2013

Do you ever find yourself watching TED talks? For those who don’t know, TED is an awesome nonprofit conference that brings together thought leaders from around the world on the basis that they have “ideas worth spreading”. Artists, scientists, authors, philosophers, musicians, inventors, etc.. give short presentations on technology, entertainment, design and beyond.

When I watch these presentations I get completely obsessed and inspired and I can’t stop watching.  They’re super engaging, short presentations, that give you that spark that you wish you had in your life 100% of the time. Speakers have a time limit, which helps keep the audience engaged, the story concise and they always have interesting demonstrations or imagery to go along with their talks.

I often fantasize about what it would be like if I got the opportunity to speak at TED.

So, then there’s this thing that I recently learned about called Ignite Stamford. “Geeky presentations with a twist”. I’ve never gone, but several of my friends have and have even given great talks. Shout out to OmNomCT and Bridget Stokes! I think it was Meg Dalton who described Ignite as “TED talks on steroids” and here’s why…

There are 12 presentations back to back. Each presenter is only given 5 minutes to get up there and engage the audience with stories of their personal or professional passions. You only get to have 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Now, for most people, public speaking is not something generally looked at as being enjoyable, or even something you’d volunteer yourself for. However, I think it is an incredibly valuable skill to have and is something that I personally always want to work on for myself.  All that being said, I’m giving my first talk in two weeks and I hope you’ll join me! It’ll either be a huge success or a big flop – either way it will be fun (or funny) to watch! All kidding aside, I’m really looking forward to it and I have prepared some great stuff to share with everyone.

Soul Seasons at Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach, FL

My talk will be a behind the scenes look into my latest video installation project, “Soul Seasons”. I’ll be taking you through my creative process from concept to creation, talk about how I got funding for the project, the limitations that actually ended up enhancing my productivity, and the opportunities that enabled the project to exist at all.

If you are someone who is interested in crafting unique ideas and learning how to get funding to create the projects of your dreams, then don’t miss my talk!  Come down to the Ferguson Library in Stamford on Thursday August 15th at 7PM for Digital Ideas & Analog Dreams (and for the amazing line-up of everyone else who is speaking – check it out!)

Oh – and you have to buy your ticket in advance!  It’s only 10 bux and sells out quickly. Buy now at this link.  See you then!

 

 

Visual Goodness: The Week in Pictures – July 18

07.18.2013

I’m busy playing catch-up here in blog world – this post is my “Week in Pictures” for last Friday!

It’s been a complete nose-to-the-grindstone week full of nothing but deadlines and lethargic heat waves!

I spent three, very motivated, aka, sleepless nights, tired and wired, working on my new motion graphics reel. I am very close to being able to release it to the public soon, and when I do, you’ll be the first to know! The rest of the time I spent working on an animation project at the day job, and some pretty cool movie trailer titles for the film Shepard and Dark. So I haven’t had a lot of time to gallivant and take photos like I would have liked, but hey, thats real life.

I started a photo-log of the food that I’ve been cooking lately, like I mentioned in my last “Creative Wellness” post. I’m trying to come up with a regular menu of healthy stuff that I can make pretty easily throughout the week. Plus it’s fun to take photos of beautiful, colorful food!

At the very end of the week when all the work was put to bed, I did get to make it out for one super fun birthday BBQ, for fellow redhead blogger, Kristien Del Ferraro of OmNomCT. Redhead bloggers unite!!  Check out the OmnomCT site if you haven’t already – it is a super awesome food blog of all things food related in Fairfield County. An absolute must if you want to find anything good in this area to eat or drink, as well as check out upcoming food events! Happy Birthday to Kristien!  Thanks again for the great night of food, friends, music and smores over the fire pit! 

I wore my favorite shades and my pirate best for the party, and appropriately toted around a Rogue Dead Guy Ale growler. Best purchase of the week!

Lastly, I’ve been working out the details for my upcoming talk at Ignite Stamford on August 15th.   Here is a description of what I’ll be talking about!

And thats a wrap for the week in pictures!